Colorado Driver License and Permit Practice Tests

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#1. Whenever you come to a curve where you cannot see around it, you should adjust speed:

HIlls and curves can hide obstructions in the road, even on roads you are familiar with. Be prepared to stop when approaching a curve or hill that obscures your view of the road.

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#2. When driving beside a motorcycle, you should:

Motorcycles are entitled to the same full lane width as other vehicles. Never try to pass a motorcycle in the same lane. Passing or overtaking a vehicle in the same lane is illegal in Colorado.

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#3. As the percentage of alcohol in your blood increases, you become more:

The amount of alcohol absorbed in your blood stream is what causes you to feel the effects of drinking. As the percentage of alcohol in your blood increases, you become more intoxicated.

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#4. In which situation are you allowed to pass a school bus?

Remember, under special circumstances, an officer may be directing the flow of traffic. If so, obey the officer’s signals instead of the normal traffic signals or signs.

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#5. It is against the law to drive around a lowered gate or ignore the flashing lights at railroad crossing:

Obey all warning devices, lights, gates and signs. Gates are used with flashing light signals at certain crossings. Never cross until the gates are raised and the lights have stopped flashing. It is dangerous and against the law.

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#6. The law in this state says

The law states who must yield the right-of-way. It does not give anyone the right-of-way.

Right-of-way is something to be given, not taken.

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#7. What should you do if you are involved in a traffic crash and someone is injured?

If someone is injured, always call for professional help. Do not move the injured unless the injured person’s life is endangered. Moving a person can make injuries worse. Ask a conscious victim for permission before giving care. Check the victim for life-threatening emergencies. Never give injured persons anything to drink, not even water. Continue to provide care until more highly trained personnel arrive.

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#8. When you move, you must report your new address to the Motor Vehicle Division within:

You must notify the Motor Vehicle Division in writing within 30 days of a name change or a change of address.

You can change your address at any driver’s license office or by mailing our self-service change of address postcard, available at any driver’s license office or on our Website.

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#9. When you park on a hill headed downhill and there is a curb, you should turn your front wheels:

Headed downhill, turn your front wheels into the curb or toward the side of the road. Set the parking brake.

Remember, when you park on a hill, the general rule is to turn your wheels sharply towards the side of the road or curb. This way, if your vehicle starts to roll downhill, it will roll away from traffic. However, when headed uphill at a curb, you should turn the front wheels in the opposite direction, away from the curb and towards the road. Then, let your vehicle roll backwards until the back of your front wheel touches the curb. The curb will stop your car from rolling into traffic.

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#10. Which of the following must you obey over the other two?

Traffic controls include traffic signals, traffic signs, and pavement markings. Traffic control also can be provided by law enforcement, highway personnel, or school crossing guards. You must obey directions from these persons.

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#11. Which car or cars are not driving in the truck's blind spots?

The blue (C) car is not driving in a typical no-zone. It is important to remember that there are several no-zones (blind spots) in which a truck driver cannot see other vehicles. These areas include both sides, rear, and front of the truck.

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#12. The basic speed rule says:

The maximum limits are for ideal conditions and you must reduce your speed when conditions require it. Remember that regardless of the posted speed limit, it may be necessary to reduce your speed to keep yourself and others safe.

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#13. When entering a freeway, you should be driving:

When entering a freeway from an on-ramp try to increase your speed to match that of the freeway traffic. High speed roadways generally have acceleration ramps to give you time to build up your speed.

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#14. On cold and wet days, which of the following is most likely to hide spots of ice?

Overpasses, bridges, shaded areas and snow packed portions of the road can be icy even when other pavement is not.

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#15. When approaching another vehicle from behind at night, at what distance should you dim your headlights?

When following another vehicle, you must use your low beam lights, if you are within 200 feet of the vehicle ahead of you.

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#16. Which will help reduce the risk of neck injury in a collision?

Head restraints are designed to prevent neck injuries should your vehicle be struck from behind. Head restraints should be adjusted so the head restraint touches the back of your head.

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#17. Driving with both hands on the steering wheel in the 9 and 3 o'clock positions:

Keep your hands on the 8 and 4 o’clock or 9 and 3 o’clock positions on the steering wheel. Avoid the 10 and 2 o’clock position. Keep your thumbs turned out on the steering wheel.

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#18. When following a large truck that blocks your view ahead, you should:

Allow extra space when following large vehicles that block your view ahead. Trucks and buses have large blind spots behind them. If you tailgate, not only do you make it impossible for the driver to see you, but you also cut off your own view of traffic.

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#19. A right turn against a red light is:

Stop until a green light appears.

After stopping and yielding to pedestrians and other traffic, and if not prohibited by a traffic sign, you may turn right while the light is red. Also, you may turn left on a red light if you are turning from a one-way street onto another one-way street, unless prohibited by a sign.

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#20. A two-way special left turn lane in the center of the road should be used for:

Many two-way streets have a center lane marked as a two-way left turn lane. This lane is bordered on either side by two yellow lines – the inner line is broken, the outer line is solid. These lanes are reserved for turning and are used by vehicles traveling in both directions.

You may turn into or from the road using this lane. You may stop in this lane until it is safe to complete the turn. When a street has a shared center turn lane, you may not turn left from any other lane. This lane is not to be used to pass another vehicle.

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#21. This sign marks which lanes?

White diamonds indicate traffic flow lanes designed to accommodate special vehicles or carpools, also known as high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes.

Buses and vehicles carrying multiple riders, as identified by posted regulatory signs (in this case 2), may use this lane. Signs will also indicate hours that HOV lanes are in operation.

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#22. What does this sign mean?

Lane Ends. The sign warns you that there will fewer lanes ahead.

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#23. This sign alerts you to:

Bicycle crossing. Be prepared for bicyclists crossing the road.

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#24. This sign means:

A stop sign has eight sides and is red with white letters. It means you must come to a complete stop. Stop at the marked stop line or, if none, at the point just before the intersecting street. If there is a crosswalk, you must come to a complete stop before entering it. You may proceed only after yielding to all pedestrians and vehicles.

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#25. Red road signs indicate:

All red signs are regulatory signs and must be obeyed. They indicate stop or prohibition and include signs like: stop, yield, do not enter and wrong way.

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Colorado DMV Knowledge Test

Quick facts for your Colorado driver license and permit test:

Number of Questions: 25
Correct answers needed: 20
Passing score: 80 percent
Time limit: None
Earliest retest upon failure: 1 day

Prepare for the Colorado Permit Examination

The permit examination has 25 multiple-choice and true-or-false questions. You need 20 correct answers to pass the examination (80%).

Your test questions are randomly picked from a larger group of questions, which means that you don’t know which questions you will get. The more you practice, the better chances you have of passing the test the first time.

If you fail the knowledge examination, you can try again the next business day. With just minor errors, that may be an acceptable strategy, but having 6 or more errors on the test means you missed a large portion of the exam. It is perhaps better to wait a few more days and read the Driver Handbook again.

Everything you need to learn for the exam is in the handbook, so don’t forget to get a hard copy or download the PDF file   to your computer or smartphone.

This Colorado driver license test has 25 questions, just like the real permit exam. It covers everything you need to learn to pass.

Practice tests should always be an additional learning tool when preparing for the permit test, not a replacement for the handbook. Some websites suggest that you can pass the test by just studying practice tests and cheat sheets, which is a bad strategy. Use both sample tests and the handbook, and you will have a much better chance of passing your examination the first time.

Read more about risky study tactics that could cause you to fail

Is the Colorado DMV Permit Test Hard?

Moderate - DMV Test difficulty grading by licenseroute

The latest numbers show that almost one third of all test takers fail the examination. It means that the difficulty is moderate to hard.

It is, however, suggested that the test has become easier in recent years.

Colorado Instruction Permit – Under 18 years

These are the requirements to get your first permit as a teenager:

  Be at least 15 years
  Present a completed “Affidavit of Liability and Guardianship”
  Prove full legal name, age, identity, and Colorado residency
  Prove lawful presence in United States (if applicable)
  Pass a vision exam
  Pass the written knowledge exam

  Additional Requirements for permit issuance at 15 years to 16 years:

Permit issued at 15-15 1/2 years, license at 16-16 1/2 years:

  • 30-hour driver’s education course completed within six months prior to permit issuance
  • 6 hours behind the wheel training with an instructor after permit issuance

Permit issued at 15 1/2-16 years, license at 16 1/2-17 years:

  • 4-hour classroom driver awareness program completed within six months prior to permit issuance



Colorado Instruction Permit – 18 years or older

These are the requirements to get your first permit as an adult:

  Be at least 18 years
  Prove full legal name, age, identity, and Colorado residency
  Prove lawful presence in United States (if applicable)
  Pass a vision exam
  Pass the written knowledge exam

After You Pass the Knowledge Examination

After you have provided the necessary documents and passed both the vision exam and the knowledge test, you may start practice driving.

If you are under 18 years, you can drive with a licensed driving instructor or any licensed adult 21 years or older. You must complete and log 50 hours of driving time, of which 10 hours must be at night. Note that only the person who sign the affidavit can certify your driving log.

Your First Colorado Driver License – Under 18 Years

These are the requirements to get your first Colorado driver license as a teenager:

  Hold your permit for at least 1 year
  Provide a certified log of at least 50 hours driving practice
  Pass the vision exam (again)
  Successfully pass driving test

Colorado Driver License

Your First Colorado Driver License – 18 years or older

These are the requirements to get your first Colorado license as an adult:

  Pass the vision exam (again)
  Successfully pass driving test

If you are 18 years or older, there is no minimum time you must hold your permit before you can apply for a driver license.

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